Marian athletics announces Hall of Fame Class of 2019

June 19, 2019

Marian University athletics has announced the four members that will be inducted into the Sabre Hall of Fame as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2019 to highlight homecoming festivities.

Doug Arnett is one part of a duo from the Marian men’s soccer program to earn a nod into the Marian athletics Hall of Fame competing for Marian from 1987-90.  Arnett was selected as an all-conference player by the Lake Michigan Conference all four seasons of his career and capped off his time as a Sabre with an NAIA all-district selection as a senior.  His Sabre career saw Arnett anchor the back end of the Marian defense and helped lead Marian to the NAIA district playoffs all four seasons.  Marian went a combined 38-32-2 (.542) over his career, 15-8-1 in conference action, including a 1988 season that saw the Sabres go 14-3-0 (.824), the winningest season in program history.  The Sabres also went a perfect 6-0-0 in conference action during the 1988 season earning the program their first conference championship.  As a leader of the Sabre defense, he helped lead Marian to a 0.82 goals against average in 1988, third-lowest for a single season, to go with nine shutouts, tied for the most in a single season.  Arnett also helped lead Marian to seven shutouts in 1989, tied for the sixth-most in a single season.  His tenacious defense and excellent ball-winning skills helped pave the way for future success in the Marian men’s soccer program.

David Beres was the first four-time all-conference selection for the emerging Marian men’s basketball program competing from 1976-1980. With abbreviated schedules compared to today, Beres scored 1,361 points in just 78 games for a program-best 17.4 points per game average. Beres started in all 78 games he played in and also scored in double-digits in 77 of those 78 games. Beres remains one of the top scorers in Sabre history ranking fourth on that all-time list, being only one of five Sabres to reach the 1,300-point plateau. The Sabres had three double-digit win seasons during his time, only two such seasons prior to his career, totaling a 47-35 (.573) record. Beres captained Marian to back-to-back Wisconsin Conference of Independent Colleges (WCIC) championships in 1979 and 1980. Beres’ junior season saw Marian post a 14-6 (.700) record, the fifth-highest winning percentage for a single season in Sabre men’s basketball history.

Tom Katz was a prominent pitcher for the Sabre baseball program from 1992-95 helping lead Marian to three LMC tournament championships and a berth in the NAIA World Series in 1993.  Katz is the all-time leader for wins in Marian baseball history with 29, seven more than second place, and games started with 40.  He also tossed the second-most innings pitched in program history with 255.2 over his four years with 19 complete games, third in program history.  His 29-9 (.763) record over his career still ranks second in Marian baseball history for winning percentage, while his nine shutouts are also second in Sabre history.  His 2.58 earned run average over his career sits ninth all-time in Marian history.  His sophomore season, that saw Marian reach the NAIA World Series, he posted a 1.86 earned run average with nine wins, tied for the most wins for a single season in program history, with four shutouts.  Katz went on to earn All-Midwest region honors that season and was named an honorable mention All-American by the NAIA.  His senior year was just as strong as he earned another nine wins on the bump with four shutouts and eight complete games.  He would earn an NAIA all-district accolade that season to go with an all-conference selection by the Lake Michigan Conference.

Darrell Mikan joins his teammate Arnett as part of the Marian athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 after wearing a Sabre jersey from 1987-90.  Mikan was a four-time all-conference selection in his career to go with two NAIA all-district honors and an NAIA all-region accolade his senior season.  Mikan is currently third on the all-time Marian scoring list with 31 goals and 35 assists over his four years for a total of 97 points, one of only four Sabres in program history with more than 90 points.  His 31 career goals are third in program history, while his 35 assists are second to only Scott Merzlicker who was inducted to the Marian athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.  Mikan started in all 72 games he played in his career ranking fifth in Sabre history for the category.  He opened his career at Marian strong scoring 41 points as a freshman, fourth-most for a single season in program history, stemming from 14 goals, fifth-most for a single season, and 13 assists, tied for the single-season record.  His senior season then saw him score 31 points, which ranks eighth-most for a single season.  In a game against Edgewood on Oct. 20, 1990, Mikan set a pair of single-game program records with five goals and four assists.  He remains one of only five Sabres to score five goals in a game and is joined by his teammate Steve Ward, who also assisted four goals in that Edgewood game, as the only Sabres to record four assists in a single game.

Hall of Fame weekend will open with the third annual Korbie Classic held at South Hills Golf and Country Club Friday, September 20 with a shotgun start at 11:45 a.m.  The dinner program that evening will begin at 5 p.m.  The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be the following night Saturday, September 21.  A cocktail hour and registration will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner and the induction ceremony to follow at 6 p.m.  A full itinerary for the entire weekend will be released at a later date.